KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An Alabama man charged with attacking a woman in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison.
William E. Seevers, 48, pleaded guilty in April 2014 to charges of attempted murder aggravated sexual abuse by force.
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Officials said Seevers attacked a woman on the Gatlinburg Trail in June 2012 with a knife. They say he stabbed the woman several times and raped her.
The woman was eventually able to crawl to a road where she got help from passersby.
A DNA sample was obtained from the victim, which the FBI was able to link to Seevers. He was later found in an Alabama prison serving time for other crimes.
The victim appeared in court to deliver a victim impact statement. She told Judge Thomas Varlan about the trauma and the impact the attack continues to have on her life. She also said she was satisfied with the sentence.
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